5 Steps to Living a More Sustainable Life Now:
We know that it can be a daunting task to take on a whole new world of sustainable living. Old habits are hard to kick and forming new habits can be challenging. When considering the move to a sustainable lifestyle, it’s important for you to know that it’s OK if you mess up and it’s OK if you’re not doing it perfectly – just don’t give up.
The trick to forming a sustainable lifestyle that you can stick with is to make small changes and build on them. Leave your reusable shopping back in your car and make a habit of returning it after every shop, buy an item in a glass jar that you could reuse in your home instead of the plastic packaging you’ll inevitably throw away, or switch to fresh produce reusable bags to lower your plastic usage.
The world needs millions of people doing sustainable living imperfectly rather than a few doing it perfectly. Below is a list of steps that you can implement into your lifestyle to improve the environment.
1.) Reduce, reuse, and recycle:
The first step is to reduce your use of single-use plastics and all plastic products wherever possible. Using fewer single-use plastic and unnecessary plastic items in your day to day life will lower the amount of plastic that lands up in landfills, even if you are reusing and recycling. Step 2 is to reuse the plastic items that you do have. Do away with all single-use plastics and invest in plastic that you can use over and over again. Once you cannot use this item anymore, be sure to recycle.
2.) Invest in eco-friendly cleaning products:
This step can have an exceptionally positive impact on the environment, however, it is often overlooked. We, as an entire world population, have become so focused on plastic being the ultimate evil that we are ignoring the harm and damage caused by cleaning products that are flushed down our drains, never to be seen again. The microbeads in many body and face washes are gathering in our oceans and killing our sea life while we continue to pour unsafe cleaning liquids down our drains. These products are not only unsafe for our environment, but they are also unsafe for our families as well.
Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products is a simple matter of buying one product over another. Focus on buying cleaning products that are good for the environment and you will automatically make your lifestyle a more sustainable one – talk about effortless!
3.) Shop consciously:
Stop and take a second to think about where you spent your money and how you spend your money. Every time you buy a product, you are casting a vote to either improve the environment or destroy it. We know that this is a lot to think about and this fact adds more weight to your otherwise care-free purchases.
A few tips to make this easier is to buy from brands who actively state that they want to make a difference – and match their words with their actions. Wherever possible, buy from sustainable clothing brands and try to avoid fast-fashion as much as possible. When buying clothes, buy timeless pieces that are worth investing in. It may seem like a lot of money upfront, however, sustainable clothing is designed to last and will save you money on fast-fashion brands in the long run.
4.) Purchasing bamboo homeware and furniture:
New innovative bamboo products are coming out of the woodwork as the world shifts its focus towards living sustainably and improving the environment while maintaining an eye for high-quality products that will last a lifetime. While there are questions surrounding the sustainability of bamboo when used to produce fabric, there is absolutely no denying its sustainability factor as homeware and furniture. Invest in bamboo and move away from cheap furniture designed to last one season. Bamboo furniture is timeless and adds a gorgeous aesthetic to your living space, office, or event that is simply an added bonus to improving the environment.
We source our bamboo ethically and our pieces are made from the highest quality bamboo that is also used for construction around the world. Our main focus is on creating pieces for the leisure and hotel industry, however, our stores are open to the general public as well. Custom pieces are also on offer for restaurants, resorts, and events companies.
Consider making the move to bamboo homeware and furniture to ensure that you are contributing to a more sustainable future.
5.) Go green indoors:
If your household does not largely consist of greener energy-saving appliances, light fixtures, water heaters, and solar geysers, then perhaps it’s time you start to dabble in creating a greener environment right in your home. You don’t need to rush off and blow all of your savings on solar panels and grey-water systems while you replace every appliance and light fixture in your house – although, this would ultimately be an ideal scenario. Simply choosing the greener option when replacing appliances, lighting, and even windows in your house is a great way to start. A solar geyser and grey-water system are expensive investments, however, they will end up saving you money in the long run if you decide to invest in them.
Make small changes inside of your house wherever possible to ensure a greener tomorrow.
There are countless steps and measures that you can implement to make your life more sustainable. Start with the ones that seem easiest to you and then build on them as you go and the change will feel effortless and natural.